Healingcame throughThe Door when Jesus entered Peter’s house.
After leaving the synagogue on Sabbath, Jesus’ path took Him right to Peter’s mother-in-law in her time of need. Jesus reached out His hand, “and lifted her up”, and “immediately the fever left her.”(Mark 1:31)
Peter’s house is located within a short walking distance of the synagogue.
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane…sit here while I go over there to pray…He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed…”My soul is swallowed up in sorrow – to the point of death…He fell facedown and prayed.” Matthew 26:36-39 HCSB
I was horrified as the visual played out in my mind.
As an American, would my faith stand strong under this same kind of persecution?
Nightmares taunted me through the night.
Vivid pictures from Yad Vashem, Israel’s Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, www.yadvashem.org/ etched in my mind’s eye recalling the horror. Children wearing yellow patches marked with the Star of David pinned to breast of their shirts. Families separated in lines; men to one side, woman and children to another.
I would like to say, I walked away from this miserable night stronger.
No, I crawled out of bed in deep sorrow, and
Curled up in the arms of Jesus.
I wrote this poem during my quiet time with Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
“Lord, would I wear the sign of Naziyer (naw’zeer)
Upon my cloths and home so dear?
Would the letter of my heart
Bring fear and tear apart?
Blessed to be free indeed,
Social customs and tyranny.
Am I willing to stand,
With the letter of Life,
The letter Noon?
Can I now remember how my father,
Fought the world
in World War II?
Will I stand against any man
Threatens my life and
Relationship with You?
In Christ Jesus,
I am set free
To live in Thee.
Oh daughter of Liberty
Count me too!”
Poem by denisebalog
“Because I live, you also will live…Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:19 & 27 (ESV)
The Hebrew letter “N” is the 14th letter Noon.
The word picture is of a “fish” or a “believer”
Noon represents – life activity, life, movement.
In memory of all who fought and stood for liberty in WWII
“Be still and know,” as treasure hunt deeper into the Hebrew letter pictures unfolds. The Hebrew word for “still” is raphah רפה (raw-faw’) The definition is to slacken, to relax, to remove the hand. The three letter word picture רפה reveals a clue. (Hebrew reads right to left)
Reysh ר – picture of the head of man or the“first”
Pey פ – picture of a mouth or “word”
Hey ה – picture of a window or behold. (We are looking to behold Jesus through the window of Hey so the picture can illustrate Grace)
Studying the clues of raphah רפה – the first – word – grace –
Ok, so what was the first word or first mention of “grace” in Scripture?
“Noah found grace in the eyes of God.” Genesis 6:8 KJV
Thinking on this…Noah’s name in Hebrew means “rest.”
What did Noah rest in knowing?
Noah “rested” in knowing he found grace or favor in God’s eyes.
“Grace” in Hebrew is a masculine noun (remember a noun is a person, place or thing) meaning kindness, and unmerited favor or regard in God’s sight.
Concealed in the Hebrew word raphah רפה for “still” is a visual picture of resting in Grace.
Thank You Lord, when sudden storms of uncertainty flare up, or the chaff of emotions threaten to sweep me away, in Your lovingingkindness, You speak, “Peace, be still,” and I rest secure in the mention of Your Mighty Name – Jesus!
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He love us… seated us with Him in the heavenly places… so that…He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV)